5 common mistakes that MMA beginners should avoid (Part 3)

4. Treading water

After the first few weeks of practicing martial arts, there are many reasons why people practice to stop and walk on the spot. Fear of injury. Fear of tiredness. Afraid not to practice difficult techniques. Fear of “bully” when entering a larger playground.

Walking on the spot doesn’t seem to be a dangerous thing, but this will make the practitioner never improve. Gradually, they will lose their practice goals and “slip” from the gym at any time.

A positive training environment will make learners much more active

The only way to improve this problem is to change yourself. Continuously set specific, short-term goals for yourself to keep trying. Try to practice with the teacher, with the higher level trainees. Search for positive friends. Don’t be afraid, challenge yourself so much to eliminate barriers on the path of practice.

5. Being impatient

In contrast to the “treading water”, it is the type of practice that is too high for self-expectations.

There is no shortage of young people who are sweating with tears, practicing heroically like buffalo bulls, always hoping that “today I have improved clearly compared to yesterday”, adhere to strict diets and harsh requirements for themselves.

Indeed, a professional boxer, such as Georges St-Pierre, has extremely strict requirements for himself. GSP intake is calculated by measuring cup. He practices 3 shifts a day, from morning to night, with the most extreme physical exercises.

But the standard that suits St-Pierre certainly doesn’t suit a MMA novice for a month or two. Practicing too hard, too heavy at an early time will only lead to injury, which sometimes loses the future of the practitioner.

So how do you know if you are overworking? Practitioners can monitor their own heart rate at a fixed resting time of the day. An increase of 10 beats per minute or more proves that the day was too heavy. Not only that, it is also advisable to take time off when you feel like you have psychological pressure on martial arts practice.

Famous MMA coach Javier Mendez – coaches of UFC fighters like Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov – say that in one or even the first two years of MMA training, young people need not rush.

“The most important thing is to keep yourself in good shape and exercise regularly,” Mendez said. “Then what must come will come”.

5 common mistakes that MMA beginners should avoid (Part 2)

2. Derelict fighting techniques

The first mistake will often lead to a second mistake. This is not to blame, when the concept of MMA and fighting is also very new in martial arts village. The punches or blows themselves also seem to be more eye-catching, faster, more powerful, attracting more attention than fighting techniques.

But just working hard on practicing punching, kicking, moving, but skipping all the fighting techniques – the grappling is a huge mistake. Fighting techniques are an extremely important component in MMA

On the ground, striking is completely helpless. The kick is no longer usable, the punch – in the position below without the force of the hip – becomes weak and quickly gets the Brazilian boxers Jiu-jitsu ended with a tight grappling,

The familiar boxers Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can actively drag the opponent to the ground to start a battle with a great chance of victory. On the contrary, the fighters stand back and cannot grab the armpits and capture the opponent stand up to fight with kicks.

That’s why new MMA practitioners should not neglect fighting techniques. Even the famous fighters who stand on the ring like Conor McGregor or Martin Nguyen still practice regular tightening courses as an essential part of their training course.

3. Skip Gym – weight training exercises

There is still a very popular concept in martial arts that “Gym, weight training is hard”, making people afraid that gym, weight training will make them slow, less flexible when practice martial arts.

This does not explain why, in fact, all boxers practice Gymnasium, and even practice very hard to enhance physical strength. The Mike Tyson, Buakaw, Conor McGregor, Jon Jones … still work out regularly, have a toned body, bouncing muscles but the blows are still fast, quick and not “hard” .

So the problem is?

Gym-style gymnastics, specifically exercises that only develop muscle size, have a partial influence on martial arts as it primarily develops slow, powerful muscle groups. This will affect fast muscles, while practicing martial arts still needs speed along with clever toughness.

Except for that part, other exercises like Powerlifting to increase strength and muscle mass; Weightlifting increases muscle strength and speed; Fitness offers both strength, toughness and ability to exercise, which are excellent exercises for martial arts learners. In short, in the area of ​​practicing for health or self-defense, Gym exercises are not harmful.

5 common mistakes that MMA beginners should avoid (Part 1)


MMA synthesis martial arts created a great attraction, attracting many young people to participate in the training. At first glance, the law of mixed martial arts tournaments, the practitioner may find that MMA has very few legal restrictions. However, this does not make MMA an easy sport for newcomers. There are still many common mistakes that MMA beginners often make.
What are the common mistakes that MMA beginners often make? Is there any way to avoid these mistakes? Let’s see 5 common mistakes below.

  1. Practicing a lot of martial arts will help you be good at MMA?
    Mixed Martial Arts covers all kinds of skills from many different martial arts, mainly divided into 3 components:
  • Striking: includes punches, kicks from Muay Thai, Boxing, Karate, Taekwondo, Rivals, Pencak Silat, Shaolin, Wing Chun, …
  • Wrestling: includes ways to control the enemy by grasping, pulling, pressing, but not directly punching and kicking like Greco-Roman, Freestyle wrestling …
  • Grappling: includes ways to control opponents by falling to the floor (takedown), changing the top position (transition), clinch, submission hold like Brazilian Jiu-jitsu , Judo, …
    There are many techniques from different martial arts that can be used in MMA, but to practice MMA requires both Striking and Grappling.
    The concept of “mixed martial arts” makes many people think simply that a person has a basis from many different martial arts, such as a young man who has practiced Shaolin, Karate, or know simple bases of Taekwondo, for example, will understand MMA.
    In fact, this is a misconception. With the martial arts experience, the young man indeed has knowledge in Striking. However, MMA includes more than that
    It should also be mentioned that MMA boxers are not only learning any two or three martial arts, but are also required to practice both of the above components, along with physical exercises.

Essential accessories for Powerlifting

1.Heel lifting shoes/ flat sole shoes

Following the Powerlifting competitions we can see many athletes wearing flat shoes like Converse All Stars or Reebok Crossfit Lite … to perform Squat and Deadlift. Unlike sneaker shoes, flat sole shoes help the powerlifter distribute weights on the legs more easily and safely. Moreover, flat-heeled shoes often have better floor soles and slip resistance. Also using heel lifting shoes will support the ankles of the less flexible contestants in Squat, help better force and deeper down simultaneously. For the press, flat sole shoes do not support much for the contestants. Some people often use high-heeled shoes or sneaker shoes to enhance leg drive during the action.

2. Knee-high socks

For athletes who regularly practice Deadlift, it is inevitable that there is a scrape and bleeding. Therefore, some federations set out for lifers to wear
knee-high socks during the implementation of Deadlift tests. Wearing high socks not only helps protect your shin to prevent scratching while performing Deadlift but also makes it easier to lift Deadlift by reducing friction between the bar and the shin.

3. Band wrap wrist

Usually a wrist band is commonly used when participating in the Bench press section. However, for many lifter wrist bands, it is also used for Squat. It’s easy to understand because it works to fix the wrist when fighting against a large weight.

4. Belt

There are a lot of conflicting opinions about the use of belts: “Is it really safe?”, “Does using the belt work?” Or “Does it interfere with progress?” Professional coaches, belts will help improve strength, increase performance and reduce the risk of injury if it is used properly. Conversely, if abuse will lead to dependence and necessary muscle groups will not develop evenly, a powerlifter should still be equipped with a separate belt to use during training and competition.

5. Knee Sleeves

There are a number of overseas tournaments that allow the use of pillows, but the VNPWL tournament will follow the law of IPF, meaning that only Knee Sleeves can be used. This accessory does not help increase weight levels like a pillow, it only helps keep your knee warm, thereby limiting injuries.

6. Singlet

Remember Singlet does not help you get better. It only works to show the movements of athletes in each movement, thereby helping judges to make more accurate decisions.

Chinese legend Bruce Lee – de facto father of Mixed Martial Arts

Bruce Lee – a Chinese kungfu legend is still one of the most popular faces in the world even he died for more than 45 years. Bruce Lee was a star on many credits such as film actor, philosopher and especially fighter

In a documentary named I Am Bruce Lee, he was claimed to be the founding father of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). MMA and its most popular form the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combines many disciplines such as kickboxing, karatedo, jiu jitso and judo despite being criticised for its cruelty.

The Gracie family of fighters from Brazil was largely recognize to be the inventor of MMA due to the founding of Brazilian jiu-jitsu used in the combat of “anything goes”  during the early 20th Century. However, Shannon Lee – Bruce Lee’s daughter claimed that it is impossible for a family or one man single-handedly created worldwide  invention like MMA.

She believed that people usually came to the same conclusions or carried out similar experiments, whether they made it private or public, as very few entirely original ideas were created in the world. But she said that her father is was a forefront soldier who spread his beliefs about being a perfect fighter and attached a philosophy on it. He was said to be the one who took MMA to a public level though there might be some people prior to him who had idea about mixing one or two forms of combat.

 When he was young, he studied at the University of Washington and this is his base for mixing fighting styles together and combining the physical and the philosophical.

Enter The Dragon, his most famous film, released some months after his death, made him become popular all over the world. Several decades after his death, he is still one of the most iconic film stars and his name is still a business which worth millions of dollars a year.